Marilyn Mary Sullivan

April 23, 1929 ‒ February 16, 2019

Columbus, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Marilyn Mary Sullivan passed away peacefully at the Kobacker House surrounded by family February 16, 2019.   She was the daughter of the late Kelly R. and Kathleen (Moran) Vance, born April 23, 1929.  She was the devoted wife of the late Robert Eugene Sullivan, whom she married November 22, 1952.

Marilyn was extremely proud to be a wife and loving mother to her five children: Sheryl (Richard) Bindley, Michael (Christine) Sullivan, Timothy (Krista) Sullivan, Patricia (Thomas) Kohan, and  Kathleen (Dennis) DiSanto and a loving grandmother to her 15 grandchildren:  Lauren (Sam) Kauble, Shaun Bindley, Kyle, Eric, and Kathryn Sullivan, Abbey (Nick) Hajjar, Austin (Elizabeth) Sullivan, Michael Kohan, Zach (Amanda) Kohan, Patrick (Emily) Kohan and Joseph Kohan, Nicholas, Dennis, Andrew, and Samantha DiSanto. Marilyn is the great grandmother to Nickolas and Wesley Hajjar and Gavin, Avery, and Alix Kohan.

Marilyn attended Saint Mary of the Springs and received a nursing degree from Mt. Carmel School of Nursing.  She worked in local clinics and served patients as a home health nurse in Marion for several years.  Marilyn enjoyed golfing at the Marion Country Club and Isla del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St.  Petersburg, Florida where she and Bob lived for 30 years.  Marilyn was a volunteer at Grady Hospital in Delaware Ohio and at All Children’s Hospital St. Petersburg, Florida.  She organized and participated in many community and fundraising events in Marion and in Florida.

Marilyn surrounded herself with so many loving friends. Bob and Marilyn enjoyed travelling together and with her close friends to amazing destinations.  She was such an inspiration to her children by encouraging, guiding and supporting them through life’s challenges.  Marilyn was a wonderful role model and taught her children the importance of family.   She will leave a legacy of unbounding love to them.  She was befriended by her caregiver Shaneka Smith, who she felt extremely close to and loved dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, her sister Barbara and brother Daniel.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at St Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main St. Marion, Ohio at 11AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; family will visit with friends prior to the Mass beginning at 10AM; burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery; A reception will follow at The Warehouse located at 320 W. Center St.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Kobacker House 800 McConnell Drive Columbus, Ohio 43214

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Sullivan family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Marlyn and Sully were dear friends and business companions for many
    years, and their presence and guidance will be in our hearts forever.
    Our condolences to the great family they have left behind. God bless.
    Smitty and Sandy

  • Marilyn and Sully were dear friends and business companions for many
    years, and their presence and guidance will be in our hearts forever.
    Our condolences to the great family they have left behind. God bless.
    Smitty and Sandy

  • Dr. Mike, Dr. Chris and Sullivan Family.

    Marilyn touched all of us at Sullivan Centre. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She lived a wonderful life and her legacy will continue through her family. We know she made the kind of memories that last a lifetime- take comfort in these. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Sherry, Mike and Tim,
    I have such fond memories of your Mom from our youth! She was always so kind to all of the kids on our swim team! And I remember thinking she was the “cutest mom” in her golf clothes!
    Whenever I saw her in later years, she was always so friendly and sweet. She was so proud of all of you!
    Thinking of you with my sincere sympathy,
    Paddy Pezley

  • Your parents were our dear friends and neighbors at the Village of North Falls.
    Marilyn was one classy lady, from the way she dressed to the way she drove her red convertible. She was a member of the social committee with me and we had such fun at our community potlucks and other activities. She was just so sweet and loved talking about her family. You were all so blessed to have Bob and Marilyn as your parents. We have such fond memories of them.